Why you should choose metal over other materials for your decorations
Metal is just one of the many materials that you could use for decorations but why should you choose metal? First off, let’s list out some of these materials. We have plastic, wood, clay, and glass as the primary materials used for home décor. To make it easier and transparent, we will compare each material to metal. Let’s begin with wood.
Wood vs. Metal
There is no doubt that wood décor is very beautiful and smooth to touch but the average building especially homes use a lot of wood during construction, and this is harmful to the environment due to the mass usage of trees and in some cases even more expensive. It is true that wood is a more traditional form of decoration but as the world evolves we must evolve with it.
- Metal is more sustainable; it can easily be recycled by melting and remolding.
- Wood will rot and as years go by its integrity reduces due to its biodegradable nature. Metal, on the other hand, cannot be harmed by water or insects.
- Recycled wood is not as efficient as recycled metal because recycled wood has limited uses whilst recycled metal is not limited.
- Both materials can burn, but metal does not burn at a low temperature while wood burns rather quickly.
Clay vs. Metal
The next material we will compare to wood is clay. Clay is used for molding household items as well as art items. Clay is more malleable than metal, but it is also less durable. If a clay pot falls down, there is a very high chance it will shatter but if a metal pot falls down, it will at worst have a small dent on the side that hit the ground. Metal is a cost-effective material.
Plastic vs. Metal
For the last five years or so, the outrage against plastic has been stronger than ever. The amount of plastic in oceans is alarmingly high and despite a large clamoring for a reduction in the production of plastic that amount continues to grow. Plastic is not only harmful because of the amount we can find in our oceans it is harmful because when you burn plastic, but it also releases toxic gases into the air which is harmful to Earth and for its inhabitants. The actual problem with plastic is that because it is used in so many day-to-day products people seldom recycle it correctly. For example a plastic water bottle. When we’re done drinking the water, we simply throw it away and buy another the next time we need it. This is harmful and toxic for the environment, and we are living in this environment; therefore, we must do our best to preserve it.
Metal on the other may have its cons, but because it lasts longer, there is less production and therefore fewer toxins released into the atmosphere.
The bottom line is, metal is better for the environment in the long run, it lasts longer, and it is way more cost effective than other materials. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. For more information be sure to check out our other articles!